slippery (adjective) LISTEN
Slippery means ‘easily causing sliding.’
- The road is slippery when wet.
- Hold on tight; the oily rope is slippery.
- The old man walked slowly on the slippery ice.
Slippery also means ‘unstable or insecure, such as conditions.’
- Be careful; you're in a slippery situation.
A slippery slope is an ice-covered hill. Once you start going down it, you cannot stop. Figuratively, a slippery slope is a minor action that leads to a major problem that you cannot control. Example: “It’s a slippery slope; if you eat one piece of candy, soon the whole candy box is empty and you won’t remember eating it. “
Did you know?
If someone says that a person is slippery, that means they are deceitful or dishonest. They may seem charming, but they can’t be trusted.
In pop culture
Listen to the Commodores sing “Slippery When Wet.”